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Cougars reload for '02

August 13, 2002

Crisp County's slogan last year was "Tradition never graduates". And judging by the 15 starters that head coach Clay Hill has coming back this year, that slogan has never rang more true. The Cougars are simply overflowing with returning talent on both sides of the ball, but there is some reason for concern. Gone from last year's playoff squad are quarterback Wesley Hill and receiver Raymond Thomas. Crisp County head coach Clay Hill said, "It's tough to replace Raymond Thomas' and Wesley Hill's and Blake Crews', that anchored the offensive line for us, as well as the other seniors we lost."

And although he may not be able to replace them, coach Hill does have the talent to fill the void. Taking the snaps this year will be junior Joe Joe Brown, who not only has a strong arm and quick feet but also a full understanding of the offense after starting at wide receiver last year. Hill said, "Joe Joe has done a great job. We were lucky last year to have some opportunities to get him some playing time as a sophomore. And so he's not coming in totally green."

More importantly Brown will have a veteran offensive line blocking for him and a key target in senior Jeffery Felton. Senior wide receiver Jeffery Felton said, "We know what we gotta do. We got to bust it every play and run. We got to get into condition because condition took us that far last year, we gotta be in shape."

And it will be the job of Hill's seven returning defensive starters to keep that explosive offense on the field. Junior linebackers Jock and William Montford are back in the middle, strong safety Julius Dennard will patrol the secondary and defensive end Brodney Clark solidifies the line of scrimmage. Senior defensive end Brodney Clark said, "Ever since that Paulding County game I've been ready. I've been ready to get back on the field and get our revenge."

So having not yet picked a slogan for this year's team, Clay Hill just might want to stick with last year's, after all it seems to be working.

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